2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems - Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics Associate of Technical Arts Degree

Program Description Our high-level and comprehensive Associate of Technical Arts degree in Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics brings you the latest technology and methods for solving the Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics needs of industry. This curriculum includes: digital forensics, incident response essentials, system security for Windows and Linux hosts and servers, packet analysis, virtual private network implementation, firewall implementation, intrusion detection system implementation, security risk analysis and assessment, policy development, and layered security design and implementation. This degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 105 credits as outlined. 

Note: Although this degree is not a transfer degree, Edmonds College does have a formal articulation agreement with Western Washington University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree. This articulation agreement may allow students to transfer credits into this program at WWU. Please contact an advisor for more details. The articulation agreement can be found here.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

General Education Requirements (15 credits)

Communication Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

Human Relations Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Act responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with success in educational, workplace, community, and group settings.

Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.

Cultural Diversity Skills

OUTCOME: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.

Cultural Diversity Course List

___Cultural Diversity Requirement met

Program Requirements (87 credits)


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of administrative and technical strategies for mitigating and managing threats posed to information systems
  2. Select, configure, and employ the appropriate technical solutions and components to protect a network infrastructure and the related information assets.
  3. Plan and execute an information security risk analysis and vulnerability assessment.
  4. Conduct forensic analysis on various types of computing devices and storage media.
  5. Properly document a digital forensics investigation/analysis and create comprehensive analysis reports.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of laws, standards, and regulations and their relevance to information security and privacy.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of techniques and methods to facilitate the recovery of data from corrupt and/or damaged storage media.

Career and College Success (3 credits)

OUTCOME:  Develop professional and academic skills and strategies for career and college success.

____Career and College Success Requirement met

Note: The Career and College Success course should be completed within the first two quarters. Students who transfer in 30 or more college-level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher may be exempt from the Career and College Success course; see faculty advisor.

Program Notes

The program code for this degree is CISCDAPT. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • Entry Requirements Students entering Computer Information Systems (CIS) programs will need to contact Enrollment Services and take both the English and Math placement tests. Students should bring the results of these tests to their first CIS advising appointment. This degree begins at an advanced level and is designed for students already in the IT field. Conditions of employment in this field may require passing criminal background checks. Students MUST see a CIS faculty advisor for proper placement into this program.

Please email cyberdefense@edmonds.edu with questions.

Department website: Computer Information Systems | edmonds.edu/cis

Those completing this advanced degree may seek employment as: Network Security Administrator; Information Security Manager or Engineer; Computer Forensics Analyst or Examiner; Security Analyst; Information Security Administrator; Digital Forensics Specialist.

WWU’s BSc in Cybersecurity: This degree is accepted by Western Washington University for direct transfer into their BSc in Cybersecurity program. You must talk to an Edmonds College CIS advisor if planning on articulating to WWU.

Faculty Advisor signature required: 

______ Student has met with a faculty advisor for proper placement. 

Faculty Signature/Date____________________________________________

Associate of Technical Arts General Information

Program of Study Outcomes Edmonds College’s four General Education Outcomes­ (Communicate, Act Responsibly, Reason, and Explore) are promoted throughout the college’s programs. Instructional programs of 45 credits or more foster learning in all four General Education Outcomes.

Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college level courses.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan your schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning;
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor; and
  • At least three quarters before you plan to graduate, contact any college(s) where you have earned credits and have your official transcript(s) sent to Edmonds College. Then, submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds College.   

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Transferring to Another University or College

  • This degree is not designed to transfer to another university or college.
  • If you are interested in a four-year degree, you should discuss the need for additional requirements with an advisor from the transfer institution.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edmonds.edu/ccn for more information.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement  in the online academic catalog.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 105
CIP - 111003
Last revised - 2022/07/20